Jorge Mas, Chairman
Mr. Mas is Chairman of the Board of the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF), an institution founded in 1981 dedicated to the promotion of a free and democratic Cuba. The CANF supports the principles of respect for human rights; freedom of thought and expression; freedom of religion; the right of people to freely elect their government; the right to private property; free enterprise; and economic prosperity with social justice. As Chairman, Mr. Mas directs the CANF’s general programs- recognized and respected nationally and internationally- promoting freedom and democracy in Cuba, while enlightening public opinion on issues of concern to Cubans, including the defense of human rights, the promotion of cultural achievements, and fighting bigotry. Under his leadership as Chairman, the CANF has spearheaded efforts to develop an independent civil society inside Cuba, promoting a nonviolent democratic transition and economic and social development in international forums such as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Polish Solidarity Labor Union, and the Civil Society World Assembly sponsored by CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation. In his travels on behalf of a democratic Cuba, he has met with multiple heads of state including Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar of Spain, President Lech Walesa of Poland, President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, President Carlos Menem of Argentina, President Julio Maria Sanguinetti of Uruguay, President Martin Torrijos of Panama, President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica, President Alejandro Toledo of Peru, Presidents Violeta Chamorro, Enrique Bolaños, and Arnoldo Aleman of Nicaragua, and Francisco Flores of El Salvador, advocating the release of political prisoners in Cuba and the establishment of democratic institutions. In addition, he attended the swearing in ceremonies of President Enrique Bolaños of Nicaragua and President Alejandro Toledo of Peru as part of the official delegation and has met with Nobel Peace prize recipient Vaclev Havel. Recognizing that the values of freedom, respect for human rights and the protection of institutions are above partisan politics, Mr. Mas has met with Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama. Mr. Mas is a founding member of Consenso Cubano, established in Rome in 2005. Mr. Mas has appeared on national television programs, including One on One with John McLaughlin, The McNeil-Lehrer report, Sixty Minutes, Larry King Live, Fox’s Equal Time, Frontline, Dateline NBC and the Early Morning Show with Bryant Gumble, among others. Mr. Mas has testified before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and lectured at university conferences and has written articles appearing in the Washington Post and the Miami Herald among other national publications. Mr. Mas is Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of MasTec, Inc. (NYSE:MTZ) and has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its creation in 1994. Mr. Mas began his career at Church and Tower, MasTec’s predecessor in 1984. MasTec is a $3.6 billion revenue network infrastructure contractor employing over 12,000 individuals in six distinct business lines; Power Generation and Industrial Renewable, Natural Gas and Oil Pipeline, Electrical Transmission, Wireless, Wireline Utility Services and DirecTV Install to the home. Mr. Mas graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration in 1984 and a Master in Business Administration in 1985.
Francisco “Pepe” Hernández, President
As the current President and a founding member, Dr. Hernandez is responsible for the development and implementation of numerous programs that deal with issues such as human rights, refugee resettlement, the publishing of scholarly studies on today’s Cuba and its future reconstruction. His activities include contact with the various branches of the U.S. government, foreign governments, the media, international organizations and volunteer agencies, universities and the Cuban exile community. Since 1972, Dr. Hernandez has established various businesses and corporations in the field of agriculture and construction, ranging from animal feed supplies to technical and consulting services. Dr. Hernandez earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1966 as well as a Master’s in Economics from Duke University in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida in 1969.